Archive for May, 2013

Southern Miss to start massive student residence complex

HATTIESBURG — Construction is scheduled to begin soon on a massive student housing project on the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus. Century Park South will bring residence halls to Southern Miss, providing 954 beds for freshmen and other scholarship students. The $55.6-million project will feature three buildings, with five floors in each structure. “The […] [...]

Construction date set on new wharf face for Port of Gulfport

by Ted Carter Published: May 31,2013

Tags: GULFPORT, Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi State Port Authority, Port of Gulfport

GULFPORT —Work is set to begin June 6 on building a new wharf face for the west pier of the Port of Gulfport, a project that marks a key phase in restoring the port nearly destroyed almost a decade ago by Hurricane Katrina. The Mississippi State Port Authority awarded Hattiesburg-based L&A Contracting a $55.8 million […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: An interesting tale of the abdication as you’ve never read it before

by Lynn Lofton Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Abdication, Juliet Nicolson, King Edward VIII, Wallis Simpson

Many words have been written about England’s King Edward VIII giving up the throne for the woman he loved, American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Abdication lays out the facts of their courtship and the swirling, chaotic times surrounding it, but adds an element of fictional characters who were close to them. The story ends with the […] [...]

“A Chain of Thunder”: Novelist Jeff Shaara marks 150th anniversary of the Seige of Vicksburg

Best-selling Civil War novelist Jeff Shaara says the audience he wants to reach the most are the ones that come to him often after reading his books saying, “I didn’t know that.” With its railroads and location on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, the town of Vicksburg, Mississippi was a vitally important fortress city […] [...]

Rusty Barnes named MHP homeland security director

by MBJ Staff Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Jay Ledbetter, Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Rusty Barnes

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has named Highway Patrol Maj. Rusty Barnes as the new director for its Office of Homeland Security. He succeeds Jay Ledbetter, who retired about a month ago after more than 30 years of state service. The 48-year-old Barnes has been with the Highway Patrol for more than 25 years. […] [...]

Oklahoma storms have increased interest in home storm shelters

Seeing images of the almost unimaginable destruction from the tornado in Moore, Okla., has prompted a lot of people to make inquiries into building a storm shelter in their home. While there isn’t currently any money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for storm shelters in Mississippi, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director […] [...]

CARTOON: Chokwe Lumumba solves Jackson pothole problem

by Ricky Nobile Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Chokwe Lumumba, Jackson mayoral race, ricky nobile

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Jackson student set to attend Apple developer conference

by Clay Chandler Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Apple Inc., Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, Charley Hutchison, FriendsForFlickr

St. Andrew’s middle schooler Charley Hutchison had planned to buy one of 5,000 available tickets to the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, which starts June 10. Charley, a 13-year-old who will enter the 8th grade this fall and who last year became one of the youngest app developers in Apple history, had saved enough money to […] [...]

COMVEST adds Tim Gilmore

by MBJ Staff Published: May 31,2013

Tags: COMVEST, real estate, Tim Gilmore

COMVEST Properties has tapped Tim Gilmore, CCIM, SCLS, to fill the firm’s new position of director of leasing and retailer relations. He was formerly director of leasing at General Growth Properties. Gilmore earned his bachelor of science in general agriculture at Mississippi State University. His designations include certified commercial investment member and senior certified leasing […] [...]

WISEMAN: Taking a Memorial Day break

by Marty Wiseman Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Marty Wiseman, Memorial Day, Politics

Sadly, it appears that all of the divisiveness and disdain for one another that has become a part of our daily routine is here to stay. Our opinions on all manner of social and political issues are no longer regarded as simply the ideas of thoughtful and well meaning individuals who may simply differ from […] [...]

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